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Nick Carter, Master Detective

Lon Clark starred as Nick Carter, Master Detective for 12 years (1943-55) over the Mutual Network. This set is vetted to eliminate the various errors in Carter sets on the Internet and is believed to contain all available episodes of Nick Carter.


Reviewer: spark479 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2016
Subject: From TV Generation
As a part of generation who perceived the visual and audio stimulation simultaneously through television, listening to drama genre conveyed in an auditory media is not a familiar task for myself. Personally, I feel that technical audio features of the show are largely exaggerated and I believe this is only natural because the audio drama lacks the advantage that television has – visual mode. Therefore, in order to effectively depict the scenes, they had to get the best utility out of what they have, which is a verbal, or audio, mode. I also believe that back in the days when the television was not widely available, these audio features were not perceived as exaggerated as I feel right now.

On the other note, as much I feel these features unnatural, I find them entertaining. For example, the dramatic melody by synthesizer upon the discover of the dead body, monotonic background sound such as that of airplane or automobile, constantly reminding audience where the scenes are taking, and ominous sound whenever the story reaches an unexpected turnover, all these effects are readily comprehensible and even fun to listen to.
Reviewer: AllFallout - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2015
Subject: Best radio show I've ever heard! BUT--
I've been listening to these since last year, and I've been doing it religiously; Nick, Patsy, Scubby, I love it all! Well I'm nearing the end of the limited episodes (I'm in mid-1948), and was just wondering if there is-- or ever will be a release of the full 700. I mean, I'm guessing there's a possibility they were never recorded, but if that huge gap of episodes exists, they NEED to be released! Any more info on this would be helpful :)
Reviewer: Dweezal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2014
Subject: Copyrighted?
According to youtube, all of these episodes are copyrighted to "[Merlin] Danmark Music Group" Does anyone know if this is accurate?
Reviewer: Rene Kita - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2014
Subject: Duplicate files
Files #13, Records of Death, and #59, Eight Records of Death, are the same episode.
And so are #48, Nick_Carter_450722_192_MakeBelieve_Murder.mp3, and #65, The Case of the Make-Believe Robbery.
Otherwise great fun. I rather enjoy the implausibilities and pulpiness. Keep up the great work!
Reviewer: sunsplasher - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2013
Subject: plots may be OK for younger kids, weak for adults
This show was aimed at younger audiences, but even so, the writing is below par for the detective genre. The plots are marginal, the solutions simplistic and with frequent non-sequiters. The acting is good/competent, overall production is average.
This show belongs on the 'B' list, maybe the 'C' list, but might be fun for small kids.
Reviewer: dialturner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2013
Subject: Nick Carter -Sunday afternoon staple for Mutual
When I first heard Nick Carter, I was about five or six years old. My father was a news editor for a Mutual station in Concord, N.H., WKXL. So of course we were tuned to Mutual. Nick Carter came on around 4 p.m., followed by Martain Kane, Private Eye. Then the Shadow and True Detective Mysteries, followed by Roy Rogers. Mutual always had a sensational line up of shows, even on Sundays, when you would think there would be nothing but church music. I later met Lon Clark at a Cincinnati old time radio convention and got his autograph. He was sponsored by Old Dutch Cleanser.
Reviewer: Charlie Heinz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2012
Subject: Superb Audio Quality
These Nick Carter shows are in audio quality mint shape. I like to identify supporting cast members. So far I've heard, variously, Jackson Beck (who was the Superman and Bobby Benson show announcer) and Mandel Kramer. Both were New York City actors at the time.
Reviewer: porterville - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2011
Subject: Lon Clark Excellent as "Nick Carter, Master Detective"
Lon Clark as Nick Carter was a weekly family listening treat on radio when I was a child and teenager. Each episode I now listen to has maintained the high quality acting and plots as I remember them. The supporting cast is very good. It is a real pleasure to again listen to "Nick Carter, Master Detective."
Reviewer: Jonnie King - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2011
Subject: The "Nick" Of Time !
One of the longest running Radio Detective's, "Nick Carter's" actual appearance in the late-1800's actually PRECEEDED "Sherlock Holmes" ! A time-frame many are unaware of.

Lon Clark (also a bonafide Opera singer) was the perfect choice for "Nick" and played the role for its entire run. I have a number of Nick Carter Shows on my syndicated program "The Breakfast Serial". (See "THE BREAKFAST SERIAL" WebSite for Info & Fun: !)

The amazing thing about the 12 year run of Nick Carter is that by the early-to-mid-'50s TV had taken, as much as I personally have always loved this Series, in retrospect it survived the "new era" of the Visual Medium of TV much longer than others did.

Great plots, super casts, wonderful atmosphere...Nick Carter, Master Detective lives on through the magic of the preservation of OTR ! Long live Nick Carter !
Reviewer: Donald Motley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2011
Subject: Classic pulp thrillers
OTR hardly gets better than this: well-written pulpy stories, excellent actors, and music by a master of the theater organ.

The announcer at the end of "Murder in the Crypt" names the series as "The Return of Nick Carter", also saying the show aired Mondays at 9:30pm Eastern War Time.
Reviewer: adamelijah - - January 31, 2011
Subject: Additional episodes
These episodes may be valid or may not. It's important to listen to the beginning of each episode and see if it's actually matches. Examples of the episodes I've found were not really the episodes in question.

Here's a description of what the plots should be for each:
Reviewer: swampskunk1313 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2011
Subject: I have a question....
Do you have episodes'
06-Three Blind Mice
159-Black Rose Murders
170-FAce of Death
217-The Case of the Wandering Corpse
230-The Case of the Siappearing Corpse
231-Nine Hours to Live
Are these missnamed episodes? If not, I have them.
Reviewer: sunnydays - - September 12, 2010
Subject: Looking forward
Thank you for uploading this complete series. My parents used to listen to this program when I was little. My dad had several tapes of the radio program. I can't wait to listen to the whole
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